1  Disconnect the battery negative terminal.
2  From inside the car of Fiat Punto, release the gear lever gaiter from the centre console and slide the garter up the lever.
3  Undo the retaining bolt(s) at the front of the gear lever housing.
4  Firmly apply the handbrake, then jack up the front of the car and support it securely on axle stands.
5  Unscrew the nuts and disconnect the exhaust front pipe flange from the manifold downpipe. Recover the gasket.
6  Undo the bolts securing the front and rear exhaust system mounting brackets to the underbody. Lower the system and suitably support it.
7  Where an exhaust system front heat shield is fitted, undo the retaining bolts and remove the heat shield.
8  Undo the bolts and remove the cover from the base of the gear lever housing of Fiat Punto.
9  Disconnect the selector cable end fittings from their attachments at the gear lever linkage.
10   Extract the two retaining clips securing the selector cables to the front of the gear lever housing. Withdraw the two cables from the housing and position them to one side.
11   Undo the bolts securing the gear lever housing to the underbody and remove the housing from under the car.


12 Refitting is a reversal of removal, bearing in mind the following points:
a)  Tighten the gear lever housing retaining bolts of Fiat Punto to the specified torque.
b)  Reconnect the exhaust system flange joint using a new gasket and tighten the mounting nuts to the specified torque.